My name is Joseph Rafter. I teach traditional American Literature and Composition courses at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, MD. It brings me great joy to beteaching at my Alma Mater. I am certainlyglad to have returned "home."

Before my current teaching position, I taught all levels of English 10 at Williamsport High School in Williamsport, Maryland.Those familiar with the Maryland and Washington County curriculum know that at the end of English 10, my students took the English High School Assessment, a Maryland graduation requirement. For ten years I did not teach the English course that most readers remember from high school. I shamelessly taught the test.

Prior to Williamsport, I had the great opportunity to be a stay-at-home dad for five years. I returned to teaching when my daughter started school.

Before I chose to stay home with my daughter, I taught high school English for a couple years in Frederick County.

I earned my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a certificate in educational technology. I finished all those courses years ago and educational technology has not stood still. I am learning as much today as I did then and am working hard to stay current with the learning tools available.

Other professional experiences include an extended, intensive tutoring position with a profoundly autistic student in Chambersburg, PA. In addition, the final two years in my previous career were focussed exclusively on training new hires.

For the past several years I managed a Destination Imagination team at St. Mary School in Hagerstown. I had no idea how much time would be involved, but I love it and will continue as long as the students are interested.

My bio: 46. Married 21 years to Lara. One daughter Bailey, age 15. Two cats, age unknown. One temperamental fig tree, age 4.

I was born, raised, and currently live in Hagerstown. As a young adult I lived in D.C. for five years. Loved it until I moved to Colorado. Loved it more until I returned to Maryland for a short visit with my folks and met my wife.

One final thought, I am an audio and kinesthetic learner. I learn most easily by listening and doing. Given enough time, I am also able to do just about anything I can read.

Joseph Rafter 2013